Editorial Comment
Marty Seifert is the most traveled of the Republican candidates for governor, having visited all 87 Minnesota counties in the run-up to the Aug. 12 primary election. The former southwestern Minnesota farm kid has also covered a lot of ground in his professional and political careers, from teaching h...Read More
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The world is a dangerous place and becoming more so. We know that. Almost every day now, news arrives that somebody killed his neighbor or his wife or blew up a bus or a building or a workplace, etc. And if that isn’t enough, somebody shot down a commercial airliner in Ukraine, bombed a U.N. [...]...Read More
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This weekend, the largest annual one-day fundraiser in Morrison County, the Relay for Life, was held. For more than 20 years, this fundraiser has been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. This year, almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. An esti...Read More
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If one could wave a magic wand and reduce the number of tobacco smokers by more than 10 percent, the percentage of adult alcoholics by 12 percent, the percentage of those suffering from chronic depression by more than half, most people would do so. Although no magic wand exists, finally society is g...Read More
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State leaders have been cheering a spate of good economic news of late. Most recently, in announcing that the jobless rate had fallen to 4.0 percent in the Twin Cities metro area, they noted that was the lowest rate for any metropolitan area in the nation. A statewide unemployment rate of 4.2 percen...Read More
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Last November, 35 candidates ran for mayor of Minneapolis under a ranked-choice voting system. It took 33 rounds of vote counting before a winner was declared. One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners....Read More
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Every election season, lawn signs serve as the mock combat area of political campaigns. The newspaper and law enforcement receive complaints from citizens because vandals have stolen or destroyed the signs of one candidate or another, and sometimes even damage the property of the resident who dares ...Read More
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Tanner James Pap of Lino Lakes was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a hero...Read More
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While the Class of 2014 should be proud of its accomplishments, and we instruct them to work hard, to pursue their dreams, and to be happy, we are at a time when we adults have to admit to them that there are no guarantees in this world. Too many self-absorbed and perhaps mentally ill fellow [...]...Read More
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Little Falls City Council Member Loren Boyum brought some thoughtful comments to a recent meeting about how to handle public comments at meetings unrelated to the Council’s written agenda. We understand the concern because sometimes a few citizens’ personal agendas can disrupt the Council, causi...Read More
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Little Falls and Morrison County received great news last week, when the Minnesota Legislature included $1.7 million in bonding money for the Camp Ripley Veterans Trail. Assuming Gov. Dayton will keep this item, which had bipartisan support, in the bill, the completion of this trail is expected to h...Read More
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With incumbent Michel Wetzel retiring after ably serving Morrison County for three terms, voters will have an important decision to make this fall in choosing a new sheriff. The filing period for county offices opens Tuesday, and already four candidates have announced that they would like to succeed...Read More
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In March, Gov. Mark Dayton told members of the ECM Editorial Board  that the problem-plagued rollout of MNsure, Minnesota’s new health care exchange, was the biggest disappointment of his first term. On April 30, a month after the first enrollment period had closed, the DFL governor boasted in hi...Read More
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